Pesticides thrusted on unsuspecting farmers the recent agriculture input subsidy scam in Rajasthan may not seem big in terms of the money involved. But it has huge repercussions. Farmers were indiscriminately distributed specific chemicals to be used in crops for which these chemicals have not been recommended by the Union agriculture ministry. It is clear that farmers are being forced to

ravi aggarwal, director of ngo Toxic Links, has recently been conferred the who/ifcs (Chemical Safety) Special Recognition Award. He talks to arnab pratim dutta on different aspects of chemical regulation india: There is a hazardous waste law and a hazardous chemical law. But these don

punjab has finally made cancer-registry compulsory in the state. Despite numerous scientific reports revealing the public health crisis in the state, the government had obstinately resisted any redress mechanism. The recent decision comes in the wake of two new scientific reports. One shows that pesticides are damaging genes of farmers who spray them, often leading to mutations and cancers.

faced with increasing scientific evidence of pesticides-induced health disorders, the Punjab government has decided to begin a cancer registry programme. Adding to numerous health studies, two

These Regulations may be cited as the European Communities
(Pesticide Residues) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 and shall apply from 15 June 2008 except for deltamethrin and atrazine for which they shall be applied from 19 December 2007 and for imazalil, for which they shall be applied from 15 September 2008.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is a Department designated(a) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(b) in relation to the common
agricultural policy of the European Community. These Regulations may be cited as the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops,Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008.

on march 13, an expert group with the un's Rotterdam Convention has recommended for the inclusion of the pesticides, alachlor and aldicarb, in its Prior Informed Consent list. The procedure acts as

The new subsidiary legislation to govern pesticide residues in food proposed by Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Will take a positive list approach by primarily adopting the maximum residue limits and extraneous maximum residue limits of pesticides recommended by Codex.

Lindane, a persistent, highly toxic, and bioaccumulative organochlorine insecticide, was used in agriculture and as a topical treatment for human head lice and scabies beginning in the 1940s. As its toxicity became better known, manufacture and use declined in the United States; in 2002, California banned the pharmaceutical use of lindane altogether. According to a new study, that ban appears to have resulted in steep drops in concentrations of lindane in Southern California's wastewater and a dramatic reduction in calls to the California Poison Control System. March 2008

This plan covers the monitoring of pesticide residues and other agriculture chemicals in fresh fruits of mango for export to Japan. It covers the orchard growers, packinghouses, exporters, accredited test laboratories and the national reference laboratory, and the state/central government organizations involved in with the export certification of mangoes to Japan.